International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(98% merlot with 2% cabernet franc). Bright ruby-purple. Cassis, raspberry and a hint of minerals on the pretty, floral nose. A juicy midweight with a fine-grained texture and a restrained sweetness to its dark berry, red cherry and herbal flavors. Not a big wine but stylish, subtle and nicely balanced, without any trace of overripeness. Finishes with chewy, chocolatey tannins.Author: Ian D'AgataIssue: May/June 2010
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93Made under the guidance of Hubert du Bouard, this blend of primarily Merlot and a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc (around 9%) from the limestone soils on the hillsides of St.-Emilion exhibits a dense purple color, lots of chalky minerality and a big, sweet perfume of boysenberries, blackberries, licorice and burning embers. It is full-bodied and opulent with an abundance of fruit, glycerin, power and silkiness. Some tannins lurking in the finish suggest a half dozen years of cellaring will be required.Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15Much paler than the 2010. Light and easy and without the real richness of most 2009s. Even a little rhubarb. Dry finish. None of the lushness of this vintage.Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90Plush, with linzer torte and cassis flavors harnessed by a plum skin frame, while sweet spice and toasted apple wood notes flesh out the finish.Author: James Molesworth
The vineyards of Chateau Bellevue are located around a hilltop of hard rock, on one of the slopes of Saint Emilion. At the hill's summit on the chalk plateau, the vineyards neighbor the Premier Grand Cru Classe estates of Beausejour-Becot and Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse. The vineyards are also adjacent to those of Premier Grand Cru Classe estate Chateau Angelus at the base of the hill. At the top of the slope, the soil (of marine origin), is rich in magnesium and iron and it contains quite a high percentage of clay. Closer to the base of the hillside the soils are sandy with a little chalk and therefore more acidic. This diversity of soils and their variety of terroirs all contribute to the complexity and nobility of the wines produced by Chateau Bellevue.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 99 bottles owned
- 20 collectors